The stories are closer to the original story lines than they are the Disney versions. If you want to expose your children to fairy tales that are not defined by Disney, these books are worth considering.
Possibly more important to some individuals than the actual stories in this case are the detailed pictures. The images were so important to people who grew up with them that these books defined the way those fairy tales look in their minds. One reviewer says that for her they defined exactly what fairy tale princes, princesses, dwarves, ogres, and even some animals looked like. Another says that the pictures in the book are more like paintings than they are pen-and-ink cartoons.
Both of these treasuries are suitable for both girls and boys. They are not just princess stories but also include stories where the young male character is the hero.
Published in the 1970s and held dear by many adults who owned them when they were young, these treasuries are now out of print and in demand as people search for copies to share with their own families and with which to replace worn out volumes that they own. Unfortunately, the fact that they are vintage and out-of-print makes them slightly more expensive than the average new, modern fairy tale book.
The following fairy tales are included in the first volume of the World's Greatest Fairy Tales treasury:
- The Ugly Duckling
- Hansel and Gretel
- The Wild Swans
- Seven in One Blow
- Snow White and Rose Red
- The Frog Prince
- The Three Little Pigs
- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
- The Three Dwarfs in the Wood
- Prince Kamar and Princess Budur
- Hans in Luck
- The Three Musicians
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
- Sleeping Beauty
- Little Red Riding hood
- The Lion and the Carpenter
- Beauty and the Beast
- The Seven Ravens
- The Little Goldfish
- The Little Tin Soldier
- The Emperor's Nightingale
- The Three Hairs of the Ogre
- The Pied Piper
A Few Closing Thoughts from Readers
One fond reader says that the stories in these books are full of food for you and your child's imagination and that the words will stretch it farther. Another reader says that this was one of two things that he really loved when he was growing up.
The Poisoned Martini says these books "have got to be the best illustrated collection of fairy tales."
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